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Updated: Ex-Campaign Treasurer Faces Theft Charges

A former treasurer for U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s campaign was arrested at his home Tuesday, Feb. 2, and accused of embezzling over $300,000 from campaign coffers and from a business where he previously worked.

Historic Water Pact Taps a Local Source

For the first time in 68 years, the Laguna Beach County Water District will lessen its total reliance on imported water by tapping local groundwater in the Santa Ana River Basin, district officials said Wednesday.

Finding Community on the Mat

While the cost of a single yoga class in Laguna Beach can range from $12 for a community services class to $25 at the newly re-opened Pacific Blue studio in Boat Canyon, Cho’s Academy, which primarily teaches martial arts, offers five donation-based yoga classes per week.
Posted On 07 Feb 2016

Shortcomings Surface in Parking Analysis

Failing to take into account that Laguna Beach is subject to California Coastal Commission requirements was criticized as a major blunder by consultants hired to solve the beach town’s changing parking demands.

From Passing Out Orange Slices to Wielding a Gavel

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Benjamin Franklin’s observation, “If you want something done, ask a busy person,” aptly describes former Laguna Beach Mayor, Bob Whalen, and the work he’s done on behalf of the community over the past 25 years. Whalen, who just...

Council Reconsiders Allowing Pot Deliveries

Council members listened to a litany of testimony urging them to reconsider. In response, the council unanimously voted to add a sunset clause to the ordinance, which placed a hold on the local law until a decision was made in Sacramento.

Rehab House Owner Tries to Quell Concerns

Scores of anxious residents voiced their fears about a detox and rehab facility near Top of the World Elementary School at a town hall meeting this past Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Senate Candidate Harris Speaks in Laguna

U.S. Senate candidate and state Attorney General Kamala Harris spoke about regulating assault rifles, women’s rights and the common thread of school truancy in the background of violent criminals during a campaign stop in Laguna Beach. A former district attorney in San Francisco,...

Ex-Campaign Treasurer Faces Embezzlement Charges

The district attorney’s office says a former treasurer for U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s re-election campaign was arrested at his home today, Tuesday, Feb. 2, and accused of embezzling over $300,000 from the campaign and a business where he previously worked. Jack Wenpo Wu, 45, of...

Community Clinic Receives Major Gift

A local couple has contributed the largest gift the Laguna Beach Community Clinic has received to date to ensure the clinic’s ongoing operations.

Schools Approve New Classes, Safety Measures

Come spring, as students peruse their list of class choices, they will find for the first time Mandarin Chinese among the language courses offered at Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School.

After ‘Overheated’ Run-Up, Home Prices Cool

The median price of homes sold in Laguna Beach during 2015 fell to $1.7 million, a 5 percent decline over a year ago and the first price drop in four years of escalating values.

Campaign Contribution Limits Remain Unchanged

With Mayor Steve Dicterow already announcing he will seek re-election in November, people or groups who want to contribute to their favorite candidate did not get the go-ahead from the City Council Tuesday to make larger donations.